Unimpressed by Washington, he became convinced as he traveled more widely that the genius of America was not our political leaders or legislative process, but the “little platoons” of community associations and institutions that largely set societal norms, expectations and customs — and with it, the character and ideals of the country.
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Tocqueville visited America in 1831 intending to study its penal system and provide a recommendation to his home country as to whether the US offered a worthwhile model to follow…
Democracy in America
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